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Macy's sued after 10-year-old girl injured in escalator accident

In 2013, a 10-year-old girl was tragically injured in an escalator accident at a Macy's department store in nearby New Jersey. The girl's foot became trapped even though the laces in the Converse tennis shoes she was wearing were tied.

Another person in Macy's was able to hit the emergency stop button on the escalator; however, by that time the girl's leg was trapped about halfway up her lower right leg. The lawsuit states, "copious amounts of [the victim's] blood and tissue were distributed over 11 steps as the escalator continued grinding up against [the victim's] trapped foot and leg."

How can I prevent a slip and fall injury?

A slip and fall injury can happen just about anywhere at any time. Indeed, injuries caused by unexpected falls are the leading unintentional injuries in America. They cause an estimated 8.9 million emergency room visits each year.

Adults above the age of 54 tend to be the most prone to slip and fall injuries. These unfortunate events can ruin an adult's ability to live an independent life in his or her golden years. They can even lead to death. Indeed, for individuals above the age of 65, fall deaths are four times more common than other age groups.

Black Friday accidents caused by hazardous conditions

Halloween is almost here, and that means that it is almost time for holiday shopping. For many New York shoppers, that means finding deals at Black Friday sales. While many of these sales don't involve shoppers getting hurt, there are stories every year of tramplings and other events that lead to shoppers being injured. For the people who are hurt in these types of accidents, the effects can be long-lasting and the treatment quite expensive.

Store owners and property owners always have a duty to keep their stores safe for shoppers. That responsibility doesn't fall by the wayside just because the store is having a holiday sale. The store can still be held liable for certain injuries that occur during a Black Friday sale.

Escalator accident footage shows how back injury can happen

Believe it or not, every time a New York resident steps onto an escalator, risk is involved. That is because the safe operation of that escalator is the responsibility of the property owner or property manager that maintains the device. Back injury, neck injury, broken bones and other types of injuries are quite common in New York and other areas of the country.

In one southern state, the threat of escalator accidents was revealed through some recently released surveillance video footage. Since 2008, one airport in Palm Beach, Florida, has seen 159 escalator mishaps. A spokeswoman for the airport said that most of the accidents involved issues relating to wheelchairs, strollers and luggage.

Woman dies in escalator accident

A woman has died in an escalator accident after falling from the second floor of the Scottsdale Trade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. She was attending a professional hockey game and was with friends when the accident occurred.

According to friends and witnesses, the 34-year-old mother of two was attempting to slide down the railing by straddling it. She reportedly fell off it and landed face first two stories below. A witness said that she was not responsive after she landed.

Slip and fall accidents can happen to any sidewalk pedestrian

A sidewalk might appear safe and secure, but it can hold many unexpected dangers to unsuspecting pedestrians. A simple slip and fall could even result in death. Tragically, many slip and fall accidents that happen on sidewalks in New York never should have happened -- and they would not have -- if the persons and/or businesses responsible for maintaining the sidewalks had fulfilled their legal obligations.

Indeed, even if the slip and fall accident occurred as a result of snow or ice having accumulated on the pathway, it might have been the legal responsibility of the business owner to keep the sidewalk clean and free of dangers. Hand, knee, wrist and back injuries are some of the most common forms of injuries that happen due to a sidewalk accident. Some individuals even fall and fracture their skulls, which can result in dangerous and potentially fatal concussions and permanent brain damage.

Lawsuit filed against Dollar Tree after boy's slip and fall

Businesses have a responsibility to their customers to keep their properties free from hazards. Such hazards might include boxes in aisles, loose carpeting or liquids that spill or drip onto the floors.

A lawsuit has been filed in another state against the discount retailer Dollar Tree. The suit was filed by the father of a boy who slipped in liquid on the store's floor. According to the lawsuit, the boy suffered serious injuries in the slip and fall accident, although the nature of the injuries was not reported.

Is it difficult to prove liablity in inadequate security cases?

If you were injured because a property owner did not provide adequate security at a store, event or other property or occurrence, you may wonder how difficult it will be to hold the owner liable. While proving that that the owner was responsible for your injuries can be difficult, it is certainly not impossible.

There have been a number of cases in the past few years that have resulted in significant judgments for those who were injured because of inadequate security. Here are a few of the cases:

What should I do if I get a dog bite?

New York residents love their dogs, but the dogs that live in this state are not always friendly. Indeed, a large dog can inflict severe and deadly injuries on unsuspecting victims. What, then, should a New York resident do if attacked and injured by a dog?

When a dog bite is minor -- it barely breaks through the skin -- the danger of contracting rabies is virtually non-existent. These types of injuries should be treated just like any kind of minor cut or scrape. Wash the bite with soapy water. Finally, put antibiotic cream on the wound and then a bandage to prevent it from becoming infected.

Do sidewalk sheds really help in New York?

There is no question that sidewalk sheds can help in some situations. These are commonly used in New York to protect people while walking on the sidewalk if work is being done above them. The idea is that the sheds will keep falling debris from striking pedestrians and causing injuries. The problem is that a lot of these sheds are in such bad shape that they don't really work well at all.

One man recounted walking down a heavily-trafficked sidewalk with a shed built over it, and a piece of debris fell from the building. It was not stopped by the shed, and it slammed into his skull. It knocked him out. After he came to and went to get medical treatment, he needed numerous stitches to close up the wound. As a result, he started a lawsuit.

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